​​​​Oneida County History Center

Student internships at the History Center are a great way to gain hands-on experience in the fields of history or museum studies.  Internships are open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Most internships are unpaid; however, check with your institution about course credit or service hours.  

Projects are available in the areas of:

  • exhibit design

  • collections management

    • textiles

    • blueprints

    • records & archives

    • paintings & artworks

  • digital history

  • research

  • education

utica college- work study at ochc

Bookstore Assistant- The History Center seeks volunteers to staff our bookstore on Tuesday through Friday afternoons.  The primary responsibility of the volunteer is to greet visitors to the gallery and bookstore, checkout customers, and answer the phone.  Basic computer/ smart phone skills necessary.  Volunteer for one day a week or more! 

Photo Assistant- The History Center is home to over 30,000 images and we need help identifying many of our photos. Join us as a photo detective and help us solve our history mysteries.  Those with a knowledge of the local area are strongly encouraged to inquire! Basic computer skills preferred, but not required.

Other Opportunities- Custodial, administrative, and membership support.  Contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 for more information.

Joan Klossner- 2020-21 Volunteer of the Year


Volunteer Joan Klossner (2020)
Volunteers are essential to the Oneida County History Center. They staff the bookstore and research library assisting with a wide range of activities from answering phones to digitizing collections.  All ages and backgrounds are encouraged to inquire. If you love history and are willing to share your time, then we'll find an opportunity to match your interests and skill set. Complete the volunteer application using the icon below and check out our current opportunities.
One paid internships available to eligible Utica College students!
​The History Center seeks a Digital History and Research Library Assistant to aid with the ongoing digitization of the organization's collections.  A detailed job description is available online at https://www.utica.edu/hr/studentemployment/open_jobs.cfm or by contacting rmclain@oneidacountyhistory.org.

Not just for history majors! 
Any student with an interest in history, heritage, or museum studies is encouraged to apply!

Application Instructions
Contact Associate Professor of History, Dr. Sherri G. Cash at scash@utica.edu to apply
*Students must be eligible for work study*  

Volunteer Opportunities

The Oneida County History Center has named Joan Klossner 2020-21 Volunteer of the Year.  Volunteers are essential to the daily operation and long-term care of the organization, and are an invaluable asset to the community.  Joan was chosen for her enduring contributions to the History Center by her co-volunteers, staff, and the Board of Directors.

 Joan Klossner has been a History Center volunteer for fourteen years with contributions spanning from co-authoring books to identifying photographs.  She started to volunteer after retirement from the Holland Patent School District, where she worked as an English teacher for twenty-one years. She decided to volunteer to help fill time and chose the History Center based on her family connections to the area. She thought this match was a good fit as a fourth generation Utican.

 Joan has contributed to almost every area of the History Center and has worked on numerous projects. Her first big task was to sort and organize the photo collection. Today, her volunteer to-do list includes chipping away at a group effort to date, identify, and organize the digital photo collection, along with processing memberships, writing weekly social media posts, and assisting visitors in the research library. Joan also has impacted the local history literature. She co-authored Oneida County: An Illustrated History and is the author of three History Center publications including Utica Streets: A Stroll in History, South Utica: From Suburb to City, and Color Oneida County.

 Aside from her obvious enjoyment of history, Joan enjoys learning. She finds volunteering rewarding because she is constantly learning something new. There is always a discovery hidden in the archives or a mystery to solve. Her favorite aspects of the job are the people she works alongside, and the process and discovery involved in her activities. Her other interests include painting, quilting, and spending time with her 3 sons, and four grandchildren.

The History Center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like to thank and recognize Joan Klossner for her dedicated service to the History Center and the community.  We are grateful for enduring, enthusiastic volunteers and community members like Joan. Without them, we simply would not exist.